J.U.M.P., Inc. (Just Understand My Potential)

"We teach hiking and backpacking as what we call “cooperative sports.” We cultivate fitness, skills, commitment, teamwork, toughness, just as those who coach competitive sports do. But mountain travel is not a game. The object is not to defeat some opponent, but to travel securely and skillfully in a demanding environment. The rewards are overwhelming: adventure, growth, great memories, the joy of high places."
--Bill Spacciapoli, founder and director of J.U.M.P.

J.U.M.P. (Just Understand My Potential) is a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit that introduces young people to the mountains of New England. All participants receive extensive mountain-skills training, hiking and backpacking experiences, and mentoring and educational support, helping them to achieve and expect more. Fun is always an option.

Our leadership is comprised of adults who love the mountains. We work in a wide variety of professions. Most of us are parents. We happen to have a particular strength in emergency medicine and emergency medical technology. Our leaders include highly experienced backpackers and mountaineers, whose outdoor learning in some cases began in the 1960s. We’re a mature organization, let’s put it that way.

We teach a comprehensive curriculum that we call the Compass Rose. Its goal is what we call “full-contact backpacking.” That means walking into the mountains for a few days, living off the contents of your pack, and then walking out in good order and with a sense of pride and fulfillment.

Current partners include the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster and the Worcester office of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. For a complete list of Donors and Supporters, select the ‘Donors & Supporters’ menu item.

In March, 2014, Executive Director William Spacciapoli was interviewed by Paula Bishop on Renew FM's radio program, "Around The Town". To learn more about J.U.M.P., listen to the interview.